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[08 JUN 00] WARWICKSHIRE WILDLIFE TRUST NEWS
Parliament Piece Becomes Nature Reserve

A new chapter in the history of a Kenilworth park has been opened with an agreement over how it should be managed.

Parliament Piece is a 14-acre parkland field, close to the centre of Kenilworth, which has been declared as a Local Nature Reserve and will now be managed in partnership by Warwickshire Wildlife Trust and Warwick District Council.

Parliament Piece, Kenilworth - 4 June 2000
PARLIAMENT PIECE, KENILWORTH
[photograph taken by Chris Studman - 4 June 2000]

The name, Parliament Piece, originates from the belief that Henry III's parliament met there in 1266.

It is owned by the Open Spaces Society, which has leased the site to the District Council for the area to be developed as a nature reserve.

Andy Tasker, director of Warwickshire Wildlife Trust, said:

"It is essential that small areas like Parliament Piece are managed for their wildlife value.

“Sadly wildlife is under pressure throughout our countryside so areas like this in towns provide an important refuge.

“We look forward to working with the District Council and local people to maintain and enhance Parliament Piece."

Jon Holmes from Warwick District Council's Leisure and Amenities Department added:

"The Council is really pleased to launch this new nature reserve, which will be developed to provide a wonderful resource for the people of Kenilworth.

“I am particularly pleased that the site is being managed through our partnership with Warwickshire Wildlife Trust.

“This will ensure that the site not only provides an interesting area for walkers but will create an area rich in wildlife".

Commenting on the launch of Parliament Piece as a nature reserve, Rodney Legg of the Open Spaces Society said:

"We have worked for many years to ensure that Parliament Piece remains open to the public and are very pleased that we have been able to pass its care and management into local hands.

“It provides practical proof that nature conservation and public access can go hand in hand."

Parliament Piece is the fourth Local Nature Reserve to be declared in Kenilworth. The land was given to the OSS by the late Miss Helen Martin of Kenilworth in 1986.

The existing reserves are Kenilworth Common, Knowle Hill and Crackley Wood. All these sites are managed through the partnership agreement between Warwickshire Wildlife Trust and Warwick District Council.

Anyone who is interested in helping Warwickshire Wildlife Trust care for Parliament Piece is asked to contact the Trust's Reserves Team on 024 7630 8979.
   

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